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Ryanair first-half profits fall 7% after widespread strikes

Dublin - Ryanair's first half to September profits fell seven percent to €1.2 billion, the low-cost airline announced Monday, after widespread strike action by pilots and cabin crew disrupted operations.

Icelandair jet in Canada emergency landing as window 'shattered'

Montr - An Icelandair flight made an emergency landing in Canada after a cockpit window shattered during flight, a passenger said on Twitter.On its website, the airline said only that Flight 688 was diverted to Bagotville, Quebec "due to a technical issue.

Passengers stranded as Cypriot airline goes bust

Larnaca - Cypriot low-cost carrier Cobalt Air announced it was cancelling all flights from Thursday after just two years in operation, leaving passengers stranded and scrambling to get their money back.

Air Canada's near miss last year was almost 'worst accident in history'

Washington - A near miss involving an Air Canada plane which almost landed on a crowded taxiway instead of a runway at San Francisco airport last year could have been the "worst aviation accident in history," according to an official report.

Jetliner lands in US after world's longest flight

New York - An Airbus jetliner arrived in Newark on Friday after a nearly 18-hour trip from Singapore, completing the world's longest commercial flight.It marked the revival of a route that had been eliminated in 2013.

Air India jet hits wall on takeoff

New Delhi - Air India on Friday grounded two pilots after one of its jets carrying 136 people hit an airport perimeter wall on takeoff and then flew for almost four hours with a damaged body, officials said.

Jetliner lands in US after world's longest flight

New York - An Airbus jetliner arrived in Newark on Friday after a nearly 18-hour trip from Singapore, completing the world's longest commercial flight.It marked the revival of a route that had been eliminated in 2013.

Now boarding: Passengers ready for world's longest flight

Fpo - Passengers were getting ready to board the world's longest flight on Thursday -- a marathon 19 hours in the air between Singapore and New York.

Now boarding: Passengers ready for world's longest flight

Fpo - Passengers were getting ready to board the world's longest flight on Thursday -- a marathon 19 hours in the air between Singapore and New York.

United Airlines low fuel mayday triggers Australia emergency landing

Sydney - A shortage of fuel triggered a mayday call on a United Airlines flight crossing the Pacific from Los Angeles to Sydney Thursday, spurring Australian authorities into high alert.

Runway collision between Sudan army planes injures 8: airport

Khartoum - A collision between two Sudanese army planes on the runway at Khartoum airport on Wednesday injured eight people, officials said.

Body found inside plane days after it ditched into Pacific lagoon

Wellington - A male passenger's body has been found inside an airliner that ditched and sank in a lagoon last week after missing the runway on a remote Pacific island, officials said.

Indonesian air traffic controller hailed as quake hero

Jakarta - An Indonesian air traffic controller is being posthumously hailed as a hero for refusing to leave his post despite devastating earthquakes so that he could guide a passenger jet safely off the ground.

Plane ditches into Pacific lagoon

Majuro - Passengers were forced to swim for their lives Friday when an airliner ditched into a lagoon after missing the runway on a remote Pacific island and began sinking.

Ryanair cancels flights as strike hits Europe

Apo - Ryanair cancelled scores of European flights on Friday as unions staged what they warned could be the biggest strike in the airline's history.

US F-35 fighters fly first ever combat mission

Washington - American F-35 stealth fighters have been used in a combat operation for the first time, officials said, marking a major milestone for the most expensive plane in history.

Ryanair cancels 150 flights on Friday due to strike across Europe

London - Ryanair will cut 150 flights because of strike action across Europe on Friday, as Brussels urged it to respect workers' rights enshrined in EU law.

Ryanair says cancelling 190 flights over Friday strike

London - Ryanair will cancel 190, or eight percent, of its flights due Friday when cabin crews strike across Europe, the Irish no-frills airline said Tuesday, attacking rivals for the disruption.

Russia says 'misled' by Israel in plane downing over Syria

Moscow - Russia's military Sunday blamed "misleading" information from the Israeli airforce for the downing of one of its planes in Syria last week, and denounced the "adventurism" of Israeli pilots.

Italy's Antitrust contests Ryanair's hand baggage charge

Rome - Italy's competition authority Antitrust has opened an inquiry into low-cost airline Ryanair's decision to charge passengers for hand luggage, a which the body described an "essential" item for travellers.

Anger over national carrier launch suspension in Nigeria

Lagos - Leading figures in Nigeria's aviation industry voiced shock and anger Thursday after plans to relaunch a national airline, 15 years after the collapse of a former flag carrier, were placed on hold.

Air pressure mix-up causes mass bleeding on Indian flight

Mumbai - A cockpit mix-up left more than 30 passengers on an Indian plane bleeding from their ears and noses Thursday after the crew reportedly forgot to flick a switch regulating cabin air pressure.

Anger as Turkey jails 24 over Istanbul airport protests

Istanbul - Turkish activists and the opposition on Monday expressed outrage after a court jailed 24 workers ahead of a trial over their actions in protests against labour conditions at Istanbul's giant new airport.

Turkey keeps 24 workers in jail over Istanbul airport protests

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Wednesday ordered 24 workers and union activists to stay in jail after they were detained in a mass crackdown over protests on working conditions at Istanbul's giant new airport.

New Air France-KLM chief vows to invest half of salary in airline

Paris - Air France-KLM's new boss said Monday that he would invest half of his fixed salary into the company's stock as a gauge of his "confidence" in returning the strike-prone airline to a more solid footing.

160 workers freed after Istanbul airport protest

Ankara - Turkey has freed 160 workers out of almost 600 who were arrested following a protest over work-related deaths and poor conditions at the construction site for Istanbul's third airport.

Police arrest protesters at at new Istanbul airport site

Istanbul - Turkish police on Saturday arrested at least 20 people as they broke up a protest against work-related deaths and poor conditions at the construction site of Istanbul's third airport, touted to be the world's largest airport when completed.

Turkey fires tear gas at Istanbul airport workers: report

Istanbul - Turkish security forces on Friday fired tear gas at construction workers at Istanbul's new airport who were protesting dangerous working conditions at the site as it prepares to open for business next month, local media reported.

Ryanair cabin crew in five countries to strike on Sept 28

Apo - Ryanair cabin crew from five European countries will go on strike on September 28, threatening hundreds of flights in the latest round of a bitter tussle between unions and the budget airline's management.

Ryanair cabin crew in 5 countries to strike Sept 28: union

Apo - Ryanair cabin crew members from five European countries will go on strike on September 28, threatening hundreds of flights, a Belgian union said on Thursday.
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